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Rachel and the Stranger

  • Western
  • Drama
  • 1948
  • Norman Foster
  • 92 mins
  • PG

Summary

Romantic western set in the early 19th century, starring Loretta Young, William Holden and Robert Mitchum. Big Davey Harvey begins to pay more attention to Rachel, the servant he bought and married to help raise his son, when his friend begins to woo her.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

This charming western is marked by one of Robert Mitchum's most likeable, deceptively throwaway roles, as the itinerant tracker who briefly comes between uneasily married couple William Holden and Loretta Young. Mitchum's vocal talents are given full rein; indeed, he had a hit record of sorts with the duet he performs with Gary Gray, Just Like Me. Sadly, its fame, as so often happens, outlived the film from which it came. Niftily written by Waldo Salt, who later penned Midnight Cowboy and Serpico, this is a lovely take on the frontier-western subgenre.

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Credits

Cast

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RachelLoretta Young
Big Davey HarveyWilliam Holden (2)
Jim FairwaysRobert Mitchum
Little DaveyGary Gray
Parson JacksonTom Tully
Mrs JacksonSara Haden
Mr GreenFrank Ferguson
GallusWalter Baldwin
Mrs GreenRegina Wallace

Crew

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DirectorNorman Foster

Details

Theatrical distributor
R.K.O. Radio Pictures Ltd
Released on
1948-11-04
Languages
English
Formats
Black and white
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